Civil Rights Overview
Protecting Your Employment Rights
Employers seem to hold all the cards in New York, an “at-will” employment jurisdiction. They can hire whom they please and fire for no good reason. For the employee, the choices are take it or leave it. However, what employers can’t take away is your civil rights — certain rights guaranteed to every American, and special rights afforded if you are a member of a protected class.
The employment law attorneys of Sack & Sack are defenders of those basic protections. We represent workers in New York City, Long Island and beyond who were deprived of their rights under the U.S. Constitution, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, subsequent federal legislation and ancillary state statutes.
Leading our civil rights practice is Jonathan Sack, a fierce advocate for employees who have suffered illegal treatment in their work lives. He has successfully sued major corporations and employers of all sizes, through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and in state and federal courts of New York:
- EEOC claims for discrimination in hiring or the workplace, or in retaliation for reporting abuses
- Sexual harassment lawsuits
- Religious discrimination, including refusal to accommodate religious beliefs
- Gender discrimination, including “glass ceiling” and pregnancy discrimination
- Whistleblower retaliation and termination
Were You Singled Out?
The Civil Rights Act was enacted specifically to address widespread employer practices that targeted people for exclusion from the workplace or differential treatment on the basis of their race, color, national origin or religion. Later federal legislation followed, including the Age Discrimination Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Whistleblower Protection Act. In New York, it is also illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.
Sack & Sack vigorously pursues your economic and non-economic damages under these laws, or other remedies such as reinstatement and promotion, through negotiation, arbitration or litigation. Contact Jonathan Sack via e-mail or ask for him at 212-702-9000. He offers a free consultation, and takes most cases on a contingency fee basis.